About Windrush

Sculptor: John Arthur

Member : Vermont Hand Crafters

www.vermonthandcrafters.com

*** All work is done by me, personally ***

Sculptor: John Arthur

Member : Vermont Hand Crafters

www.vermonthandcrafters.com

*** All work is done by me, personally ***

     

  •       I live in the beautiful Champlain Valley of northern Vermont, an area blessed with access to beautiful mountains, streams and backwater ponds. These areas provide much inspiration for my nature pieces. Canoeing these backwaters bring me into intimate contact with dragonflies, lily pads, cattails, autumn leaves etc. I enjoy recreating these scenes in sculpture. I utilize copper extensively in my work. I do not attempt to doggedly reproduce what I see but rather use my observations for inspiration.

     Other pieces are inspired by everyday Vermont scenes and others... simply from wanderings of my imagination.

     

     

  •       I live in the beautiful Champlain Valley of northern Vermont, an area blessed with access to beautiful mountains, streams and backwater ponds. These areas provide much inspiration for my nature pieces. Canoeing these backwaters bring me into intimate contact with dragonflies, lily pads, cattails, autumn leaves etc. I enjoy recreating these scenes in sculpture. I utilize copper extensively in my work. I do not attempt to doggedly reproduce what I see but rather use my observations for inspiration.

     Other pieces are inspired by everyday Vermont scenes and others... simply from wanderings of my imagination.

     

"Flame-coloring" copper

     I use copper extensively in my work. I do use steel for structural strength where needed. All coloration of the copper is done by flame-coloring; the torch flame is selectively played over the surface of the polished copper to cause oxidation of the metal. This brings out the colors inherent in the copper itself. I use no paints on the copper. 

     To see the colors develop is a bit magical... it is also something over which I do not have full control. The colors in each leaf, butterfly wing etc. develops a little bit differently, seemingly with a mind of it's own. This makes each leaf, wing or lily pad unique in it's color and pattern of color. I love this aspect of flame-coloring.